Monday, September 5, 2011

~Great American Bake Sale to Fight Childhood Hunger~



The purpose of life is not to be happy - but to matter, to be productive, to be useful, to have it make some difference that you have lived at all.  ~Leo Rosten


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Great American Bake Sale Event

October 15th 12:30pm -5:30pm

Location:

Veera Yoga Studio
711 Pleasant Grove Blvd.
Roseville, Ca. 95677
(916)415-6790

 *This year I have decided to dedicate my life to learning life's most basic domestic skills such as cooking, baking and homekeeping.  Of course this is benefiting my immediate family, however the most valuable life lessons are the ones that reach many.  You know, a pay it forward kind of thing.  That said, I will be putting to use some of the baking skills that Martha has taught this American home chef in the form of a bake sale.  We will be serving gourmet baked treats (recipes are courtesy of marthastewart.com) including a deep fried cupcake (still trying to figure that one out).  Andrea Seppinni, a local vegan chef will also incorporate her skills and vegan know-how to create a wonderful balance of healthy and heavenly desserts.  Read on to find out more about the Great American Bake Sale*

In America, most of us are guaranteed to go to bed satiated; maybe not happy or content (that's a whole different topic), but satiated nonetheless.  Most American women don't have to worry about their children starving and this brings us comfort.  In hard times we often say, "at least there is food on the table".  All of my friends and family (and me included) are lucky enough to have this basic necessity met each and every day.  Unfortunately though, when we have so many of those individuals around us, that we often forget that hunger affects millions of American families on a daily basis. 

So what does a hungry family look like?  Or, a hungry kid for that matter?  Does their hair have to be unkept?  Does their clothing have to be ripped and torn for us to wonder if other basic needs are being met, such as eating food? I have  a hunch that the hungry American family looks exactly like you and me; we just know how to hide it, similar to how an animal masks its sickness to avoid being attacked.  We don't want to stand out, we don't want people to feel sorry for us, after all,we're living the American dream.  Hungry?  No way!  Unfortunately, statistics are showing a much different situation.

Here are some interesting facts about hunger here in America from Share Our Strength's website.

 

picture from strength.org


Childhood Hunger in America

Nearly one in four kids in America can’t count on having enough to eat. Their bodies may not be rail thin, nor their bellies bloated like their counterparts in other countries, but they’re at risk of hunger all the same. They lack the energy to learn, grow and thrive.
  • More than 17 million kids in America are at risk of hunger. That’s nearly 1 in 4.
  • 15.5 million kids in America live in poverty.
  • 20.1 million children benefit from SNAP (food stamps).
  • 19 million kids get a free or reduced-price school lunch on an average school day.
  • Only 9.4 million kids get a free or reduced-price school breakfast on an average school day.
  • Just 1 in 6 eligible kids get free summer meals.
Sources: U.S. Dept. of Agriculture; U.S. Census Bureau; Food Research and Action Center. For more statistics, please visit our Hunger Facts Page.


Great American Bake Sale Event

October 15th 12:30pm -5:30pm

Location:

Veera Yoga Studio
711 Pleasant Grove Blvd.
Roseville, Ca. 95677
(916)415-6790


We hope to see you there!

For more information visit http://www.strength.org/




Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better.  It's not.  ~Dr. Seuss

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